I love this time of year. People spend their time embracing the dark side of humanity, learning about folklore, and looking to get a little scared. I’ve aways been interested history, the supernatural, ghost stories, and creepy things (remember those Scary Stories books?). An easy way to get into the spooky spirit is to play some dark games for Halloween vibes.
The wind has shifted and summer’s given way to autumn. I love this time of year for providing a climate that makes juxtaposition so easy, the color change of the earth, and the cold that settles in around you like an old friend. The mood makes my heart long for adventures, big or small. In the new season’s spirit, I found some time over the weekend to go on a side quest for one of my favorite treats.
I dressed in one of my preferred autumn combinations: shorts and a comfy top & jacket. DL 1961 has been my go-to denim brand for their edgy style and sustainable practices. You won’t find leather tags on these jeans, which I look out for any time I come across another sustainable jean brand. It’s unfortunate how many eco-friendly brands take a step back with leather tags. DL 1961 uses solar energy to power their facilities, monitors their environmental impact with in-house tech, and have lowered their water consumption, recycling 98% of it, saving 5.2 million gallons of water. They also contribute excess fabric to FABSCRAP, a company founded to recycle the fashion industry’s textile waste.
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Happy 1-week anniversary to Insomniac and Marvel’s Spider-Man!
Insomniac stated their intentions to give us the 360 character: moments as both Peter Parker and Spider-Man. I was anticipating the Peter gameplay to be a narrative device but was cautious with how much to hope for. I wanted to connect with him and his life and get a sense for the man behind the mask. Part of playing the superhero isn’t just the crime fighting, after all. It’s the duality of normal life and the extraordinary; the superhero responsibility constantly getting in the way of the much-desired normalcy since with great power comes great responsibility.
I’m relieved and very happy to say that Insomniac delivered the duality.
Timing is everything. I’ve never felt compelled to go to conventions like PAX West or look into cosplay or remove myself from my gaming-at-home bubble. Experiencing the stories and characters was personal. Something I did curled up in my own space where I was free to laugh out loud, cry, or huff about the decisions I was forced to make. Playing online and with friends provided a social aspect that I loved deeply, but to go out into the open world and walk amongst the convention hall crowds? That has always been a simple ‘no’ from me.
But timing is everything.
The summer season conjures images of sunshine, cool water, and late nights with friends. This year the reality has been scorching heat, hazed-over days due to fires, evening networking events, and more moving boxes than I expected. With so much excitement and stress and energy, summer self-care shouldn’t be overlooked. What better way than to take a snippet out of my 2018 self-care routine and give it a seasonal twist?
Water has always been my comfort and source of revitalization. I partially blame being a Pisces, but also give a nod to growing up on the Florida coast. For a summer bath, I wanted to find some new bath bombs with a light, fresh vibe. Luckily, I found the perfect options with His & Hers Candle Co.
I moved into my first place with Matthew in the spring of 2014 in downtown Orlando. By that end of the year, we were eyeing our lease and wondering should we take the plunge and move out of state? Is now the best time? and making pro-con lists. There were always reasons to stay and play it safe. So we decided to just jump in head first before we talked ourselves out of it for good. We made lists of all the places we had visited together, tallied their crime rates and bike-friendly scores, looked into the career focuses of each place, discussed where felt most like home, and ended up with a trajectory to Seattle. We ended up with our little Fremont apartment.
It’s been 6 months since I married Matthew which feels like a mini-milestone. For the occasion, I wanted to talk about how I incorporated elements into a (mostly) vegan wedding. Since I wrote about how we chose our venue, our wedding, and how we’re approaching our honeymoon, this is an element of our day I’ve been wanting to share with everyone as well. Especially since I researched all this for hours during wedding planning: trying to figure out a cake, dress restrictions, venues that will cater to a vegan menu.
The good news: it’s easier than you think!
The bad news: you might raise a few eyebrows with family/guests.
It’s been a week since E3 2018 ended and details are still trickling out about upcoming games. I have so much respect for Mark Darrah, Executive Producer for Dragon Age/Anthem, who has been endlessly answering fans’ questions on Twitter. His enthusiasm has steadied my confidence for Anthem. Who else has their eyes on the Storm Javelin? Of course, this wasn’t the only game I was excited to hear about. My E3 2018 review consists of the top 10 games I’m most excited to play.
E3 2018 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo) is just around the corner! The expo takes place June 12 – 14 in Los Angeles, CA where gaming companies demo games, share new software/hardware/gaming related products, share progress of known games in the works, and – the most anticipated part – announce/tease brand new games.
They started admitting the public in 2017 with Gamer Passes and I have my heart set on going to E3 2019 (with hopefully a Dragon Age: 4 reveal). These passes are not cheap and, as of writing, the remaining Gamer Passes are listed at $249/gamer with the now sold out early bird price at $149. Industry professionals are still prioritized with complimentary passes and early access to spaces/events. 2017 saw over 60,000 total attendees which has caused some reconsideration due to congestion issues at the LA Convention Center. 2018 will see if improvements can be made on 2017, but if not, there may be a venue change for 2019. Whatever happens, I’m making E3 2019 a goal that I’m really excited about.
Over Mother’s Day weekend, Matthew and I flew out to surprise my mom in her and my step-dad’s new home of Columbus, Ohio. I’ve never been to Columbus, or Ohio for that matter, and had no idea what sort of atmosphere awaited us. Such as with any trip, Columbus, Ohio’s vegan eats and where to find them were at the top of my list. We found a city on the verge of growth, with a quiet downtown and lively suburbs. If you find yourself downtown, don’t expect much to be open on the weekend or later in the evening.
We were constantly venturing out of downtown for meals and entertainment. It only takes a few blocks to get into Columbus’s active neighborhoods consisting of the gorgeous German Village, Olde Town East, and Short North. The old brick row houses that encroached the city’s edges had me swooning. Vines tracing up a building’s exterior have always been a favorite as mine, as well as the remaining cobblestone roads you can find in plenty throughout German Village.